- Part of Huaihai Lu to be shut for 20 months due to subway expansion
A section of Huaihai Road W. between Xinhua Road and Huashan Road will be shut down for 20 months starting on Saturday due to construction on a new subway line, metro officials said yesterday.
- Use of transport card to be expanded
Local residents will be able to use their transport cards to pay taxi, bus, and subway fares in Nanjing and Hangzhou by the end of this year, city officials said yesterday.
- Heat wave replaces rainy spell
With the plum rain season officially over in Shanghai, a heat wave has descended upon the city. The heat will continue for five to seven days, although thunderstorms may strike in the afternoons. Highs will range between 36 and 38 degrees, with lows around 29 degrees.
- Group says sharks face extinction due to fin soup
Sharks could face extinction within a generation from overfishing for their fins, a conservation group said on Wednesday, calling on the Chinese government to lead the way in their protection.
- Worst storm in 115 years lashes Chongqing
Torrential rain considered the worst in 115 years in Chongqing have killed 10 people, destroyed thousands of homes and cut roads and power supplies since Tuesday.
- A farewell to Starbucks in the Forbidden City
EastSouthWestNorth has translated Rui Chenggang‘s most recent blog post bidding farewell to Starbucks in the Forbidden City. Rui was the CCTV anchor whose original blog post drew a huge public protest against the presence of Starbucks in the Forbidden City.
- China’s disposable athletes
Jodi Xu of Time’s Beijing bureau presents an insightful story of Zou Chunlan, who won several national championships in weightlifting but ended up as a masseuse in a public bathhouse earning $60 a month. Nearly 80% of China’s 300,000 retired athletes are struggling with joblessness, injury or poverty
- Pollution in China
The Guardian presents a shocking series of photos on pollution in China.
- China, U.S. to discuss seafood safety
Tests performed on Chinese-made tires like those recalled by Washington showed they were safe, Chinese regulators said Wednesday as officials announced a meeting with the United States over Chinese seafood exports.
Photo by Anton Berkovich.